While Downtown Redwood City has a thriving restaurant and entertainment scene and a low vacancy rate, the City is exploring how to enhance Downtown retail. Earlier this year, the City Council appointed a volunteer task force composed of local business and property owners, real estate professionals and community members and asked them to develop recommendations to help strengthen retail offerings downtown. The Downtown Retail Task Force (Task Force) is discussing current retail trends; comparing Redwood City and five other Peninsula downtown area's key demographic indicators, rents, vacancy levels, retail mix, and zoning regulations; and evaluating best practices used by other communities to strengthen and preserve retail in their downtown. The Task Force will present recommendations to the City Council later this year.
Who is on the Retail Task Force?
The Task Force is composed of 12 individuals in the the following categories:
- Property Owners
- Existing Merchants
- Leasing Professionals
- Community Member
- Downtown Business Group
- Redwood City Improvement Association
In the long term, the Task Force will involve property owners on Main Street, the 2600 block of Broadway, and the rest of Broadway, including Theatre Way.
The Downtown Retail Task Force will present a draft retail vision for City Council consideration at the January 28, 2019 City Council meeting. Next steps may include meeting individually with property owners, leasing professionals and existing merchants in Downtown Redwood City to discuss the retail vision and seek support in its implementation.